The most full-blown Ardbeg ever! Released in preparation for Ardbeg Day 2023 on the 3rd of June, the fan-favourite distillery have released this experimental limited edition bottling. Heavy Vapours refers to the fact that they have foregone the purifier during distillation, which allows the heaviest vapours to rise up the still and condense back into the liquid – resulting in their most intense, aromatic and smoky flavour. The bottle and giftbox display a playful design by illustrator Dilraj Mann, who has also created an accompanying graphic novel available via a QR code on the label. Presented at 46% abv, and free from chill filtration.
Expect pungent and aromatic aromas reminiscent of a farmyard, along with sweet smoke, creosote and smoked artichoke. On the palate, the dram is spicy and smoky with flavours of coal dust, cardamom, peppermint and eucalyptus, followed by hints of aniseed sweets and antiseptic lozenges. The finish is a long one, lingering with an almost anaesthetising sensation. Mind-blowing!